1. Lessons From the Edge: A Memoir by Marie Yovanovitch
Inspiring memoir from the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.
2. We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland by Fintan O’Toole
The journalist and Princeton professor blends memoir and history with social, economic and cultural observations to chronicle Ireland’s entrance into the modern age.
3. The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man, 1945-1953 by Jeffrey Frank
An expansive review of FDR’s successor, and how he rose to the enormous global and domestic challenges of the immediate post WWII years.
4. Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brene Brown
The University of Houston research professor and popular podcaster outlines the essential human emotions, and provides the language and tools to build connections with others.
5. The 1619 Project:A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Based on the landmark project, an expansion of the New York Times Magazine issue that explored the history of slavery and its consequences.
1. Let’s Talk About Race (And Other Hard Things): A Framework for Having Conversations that Build Bridges, Strengthen Relationships, and Set Clear Boundaries by Nancy A. Dome
A guide on how to engage in productive conversations involving difficult topics.
2. For Want of Wings: A Bird with Teeth and a Dinosaur in the Family by Jill Hunting
Account of the author’s great grandfather’s discovery of a rare dinosaur fossil in 1872.
3. The Ghost Marriage: A Memoir by Kirsten Mickelwait
Personal account of a long marriage and bitter divorce, only to discover 1.5 million dollars of debt left to her by her late ex-husband.
4. Secret Sonoma by Karen Misuraca
A collection of weird and wonderful hidden treasures of Sonoma County.
5. Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester
An exploration of the concept of land ownership and how it has shaped history.
1. Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives by Dav Pilkey
Graphic Novel, ages 8-12. The second installment of the new Cat Kid series, from the creator of the enormously popular Dog Man.
2. Tiger Skin Rug: A Magical Journey by Joan Haig
Middle Reader, ages 9-12. Two homesick Indian boys and their new Scottish friend join a magical tiger on a journey across continents.
3. Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn by Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham
Illustrated, ages 4-8. Beautifully illustrated story of a unique and empathetic friendship between a tiny cat and a towering unicorn.
4. I Love You Because I Love You by Muon Thi Van and Jessica Love
Illustrated, ages 4-8. An expansive vision of diverse human beings expressing love for one another.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney
Graphic Novel, ages 8-10. The 16th installment of the enormously popular Wimpy Kid series.